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Friday, April 24, 2015

Sanction of Prosecution of Government Officials

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

23-April-2015 17:11 IST  

Sanction of Prosecution of Government Officials
Department of Personnel & Training handles prosecution sanction cases under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988 for Indian Administrative Service, Central Secretariat Service (Under Secretary & above level) & CBI (Gr’ A) Officers only, being their Cadre Controlling Department. Sanction for prosecution is accorded under Section 197 Cr. PC for offences under the IPC and other statues administered by different Ministries/Departments. Such sanction can be sought by different investigating agencies viz. State Law Enforcement Agencies, CBI, Police, etc. against Civil Servant who can be from different service cadres including State Services and All India Services officers posted in the State cadres, etc. The competent authority for granting sanction under Section 197 of Cr. PC for State Government in various ranks is the concerned State Government.

In view of multiple agencies involved in prosecution matters for which sanction is required under Section 197 Cr. PC and such matters being pursued independently by different State and Central investigating agencies, no consolidated information is available as regards such sanctions sought, granted and where such cases of prosecution have attained finality resulting in conviction/acquittal/dismissal of charges.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Avinash Pande in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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